Sunday, September 12th (from Noon until 2:00 PM)--Our Open House Cook-Out. The celebration will be held by our newly renovated Youth Building. We will be inviting everyone to tour new facility. A free hamburger and hotdogs lunch will be served. Please come and join us. Invite your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers. There will also be many different free games for all ages. Please contact Connie Mosley if you are able to volunteer, or for additional information.
Sunday, October 31st (from 4:00 until 5:30 PM)--Trunk or Treat on our South Parking Lot. Invite your children, grandchildren, and neighbors to this safe option for trick or treating. Halloween candy will be given out from trunks of cars, and there will also be a free bouncy house.
Sunday, November 14th –RUMC’s 175th Anniversary Celebration. Please in prayer for this very special day. We are inviting all members, former members, former pastors, and all our Riverview neighbors to this event. It will begin with a special Sunday morning worship service, followed by a delicious pot luck dinner. The goal is to reminisce, visit, and share wonderful memories of our Church. There will be more information available as we get closer to November. For questions, please call the church office at 813-677-5995, or Fran Carrillo at 813-677-6836. We are looking forward to seeing old and new friends. --Fran, Jan, and Sharon (the 175th Anniversary Committee.
By the way thanks to Linda Chion Kinney of the Observer Newspaper for spending two whole mornings at Riverview United Methodist Church on behalf of our church’s 175th Anniversary and our RESTORE food bank operation. She was invited on campus by Annabelle Lennard, and she did a great job getting interviews and pictures. You can read her article in the August Observer at this link.
The Gulf-Central District is working to put a relief container together to help the relief of the village of Cayes, Haiti—Pastor Telcy’s hometown. After recent earthquake sandwiched between two separate tropical storms, many of the towns and villages in Southern Haiti have been destroyed. Many people are homeless, or are living without the basic necessities of food, pure water, or electricity.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is also announcing a new Emergency Advance to assist the people of Haiti more generally. RUMC is currently collecting financial contributions to assist both of these efforts. You can donate online or by designating a portion of your offering envelope as “Haiti”.
Note that we have added two new giving category options onto our online giving portal. You can now direct money to our long-term building savings account “The Legacy Fund”, or to “Missions” which for the near-term will be monies designated for Haitian relief.
Small Group Notes
The Gleaner’s Sunday School class is meeting on Sunday morning, as it has for decades. They are currently assembling in Crichton Fellowship Hall at 9:00 AM. In September, that class will begin another year of International Sunday School Lessons as they explore what the Bible has to teach.
Our Wednesday Evening Bible Study is being conducted via Zoom, from 6:30 until 7:30 PM. That study has recently begun looking at Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life. Contact Connie Mosley (766-7104) or the church office to be added to the invitation list for that study.
Another Wednesday Study is meeting life from 10:00 AM until 11:30 AM in Crichton Fellowship Hall. That study has been studying a book by Billy Graham entitled The Holy Spirit: Activating God’s Power in Your Life throughout the spring and summer months. In September, we will be learning about the Fruits of the Spirit. Newcomers are welcome to join us!